1986 Flood

State of California/Department of Water Resources

Major Stories: The 1986 Floods

"Thousand-Year" Event: Widespread Evacuations, Damage

May 22, 2018 - 5:15 am

February 1986 saw Northern California hammered with record-setting rain for days on end. What we now call "atmospheric river" storms dumped unprecedented amounts of rain from the coast to the Sierra. Lakes filled, creeks and rivers rose, and broken levees in the Central Valley flooded thousands of people out of their homes.

Here are two examples of KCBS Radio coverage during those soggy weeks.

First, a slice of the 9 p.m. hour on Monday, February 17, 1986. Wayne Jordan is anchoring wirth extensive live reports from Bob Melrose and Lynn Jimenez.

Bob Melrose
Bob Melrose

Next, a series of reports gathered on Friday, February 21, 1986 by anxchor Frank Knight, who for many years produced a "Week in Review" segment using top stories from the previous week. You'll hear several pieces from KCBS Radio reporters including Mike Sugerman, Ken Bastida, Jim Taylor, Barry Simmons, Lynn Jimenez and Jerry Wilcox.